In this course, the greatest thing I learned was patience and perspective towards other people and cultures.
Many people judge what they see without questioning the causes, which is why the obvious sometimes is not so accurate. It is important to debunk and critique information, so that a greater understanding can be determined.
We learned about social injustice, the inequality that much of society still faces today whether it be because of their sexual orientation, age, race, or even gender. Many people are ethnocentric, placing their own culture or group on a more important hierarchy in comparison to others. In reality though, there is no better culture than any other, it just depends on perspective and what people are used to, so they judge others accordingly.
One of the main things we focused on is that race is not a reality, but merely a myth. Humans have closer genetic similarities to those of other ‘races’ than to their own. Race is not something that is biological, it is a human creation, in the same way that society is.
Society was created by us, and has thus come to control us. “man is only as free as his chains.”
Social stratification is the way that society separates itself, again based off of class, race, gender etc. There are different types of stratification ranging from the absolute poor (a group which has pretty much no way of climbing the social ladder,) and the power elite (a specific group of people who hold much power and money over society.)
Until society realizes that they are controlled by Capitalism, and that 99% of society is working to keep the rich, frankly rich, the pattern of social control will continue. When the day comes that all of society understands the unfairness that has been placed upon it, and desires equality, that is the day that danger to all will exist.